This wonderful and exhaustively researched book is an invaluable tool for anyone researching, restoring, or duplicating homes built in the New England states from the early 1600s through the 1800s. Chapters detail house plans, framing, roofs, masonry, windows, entrances, panelling, mantels, cupboards, stairs, mouldings, hardware, and more. Line drawings and text explain joinery and moulding details. Dozens of historic homes are explored in clearly detailed photography and illustrations that include dimensions, moulding profiles, and construction details. Whether restoring an old home, or creating historic integrity for a new addition, this book is an incomparable aid. It is a must-have for the library of any preservation organization, restoration professional, and domestic architect.
J. Frederick Kelly was a New England architect who practiced during the 1930s, at the height of the Colonial Revival Movement in the United States. In addition to his research and restoration work on landmark buildings, he wrote this published legacy, still considered an important, authoritative contribution toward documenting early American domestic architecture.

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